For Coolidge Boys, HD Woodson Girls a Basketball Whirlwind
DCIAA’s top teams take on the best in the region and nation
In the next 10 days, the Coolidge High School Colts and the HD Woodson High School Lady Warriors will play two high-profile basketball games in front of local and national audiences.
First up: The 46th Annual Abe Pollin City Title Games, today (March 20), at the Verizon Center (girls game begins at 5:30 p.m.; boys game starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, available through ticketmaster.com, cost $15 or $10 with a student ID. The games also will be streamed live on the Washington Post website).
Next on the schedule: The National High School Invitational, March 29-31 at Georgetown Prep (tickets cost $10 for adults or $5 for students; both prices are for the entire day).
A DC basketball tradition, the Abe Pollin City Title Games feature the top DCIAA boys (Coolidge) and girls (HD Woodson) teams versus the best of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (Paul VI Catholic High School boys and Our Lady of Good Counsel High School girls).
The National High School Invitational features some of the best boys and girls high school teams in the country. That tournament will be televised nationally on ESPN.
No pressure there, right?
“I’m just overwhelmed,” said Coolidge Colts guard Charles McDaniels in a speech at Monday’s luncheon for players competing in the City Title Games. “Thank you for the moment, and see you all tomorrow.”
Typically, DC teams featured in high school championship games meet the day before the big game for a healthy serving of delicious food, a side order of casual camaraderie and, to top it all off, a heaping platter of trash talking.
But, at Monday’s luncheon at the Verizon Center basketball players from HD Woodson, Coolidge, Paul VI and Good Counsel high schools didn’t have much of an appetite for the trash talking tradition. Instead, they decided to let their skills do the talking on the court at Verizon Center.
“On behalf of the Lady Warriors, we are tremendously grateful for the opportunity to showcase our talents,” said senior guard Chanel Green, who will play for Providence College in the fall. “I want to thank our coaches for pushing us hard to reach our goals. I feel confident that we’re a step closer to our goal. … I want to also congratulate Good Counsel for a tremendous season.”
DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson congratulated all teams vying for the city title, noting the hard work it takes to perform under pressure at the highest level on the court and in the classroom.
“It is important to show the city and the country that kids in DC can come together and play a good healthy game,” Chancellor Henderson said. “We are true sportsmen and women, and true athletes and scholars. We are proud of all our young people.”
That said, Chancellor Henderson also signaled her preference for a DCIAA victory, telling a crowd of more than 100 athletes, coaches, fans and reporters who was at the top of her local “March Madness” bracket.
“I have an appreciation for Catholic schools and sports, but this is DCIAA, this is our town and we intend to show you how we roll tomorrow,” Chancellor Henderson said. “Go Coolidge and Woodson!”